Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Delucci, Breslow round out Tribe roster

Unless David Delucci's arm falls off tomorrow, the Tribe's 25-man roster is set.

Tom Mastny has been sent to the minors, meaning that newly acquired Craig Breslow will take the final spot on the pitching staff as the second lefty in the pen.

Talk about stepping into it.

Breslow got cut from Boston at just about the time the Tribe came to the conclusion that Aaron Fultz wasn't getting it done.


Instant roster spot.

All he had to do was show up and pitch one perfect spring inning for the Tribe.

I can't argue with this decision too much.

Mastny has been decent, but not great over the past couple of seasons with the Tribe. He had a decent spring except for one horrible outing. And there was that one glorious inning in the ALCS against Boston that turned the series in the Tribe's favor - at least for a while.

But a second lefty is nice to have and Mastny has not been good enough to have been considered a lock, especially considering the number of new arms brought into camp this spring.

Delucci went 3-for-5 in today's game against the Astros.

More importantly he played for the second day in a row since he began complaining of a sore forearm.'s Anthony Castrovince reports Delucci will make the Tribe's roster and be a part of the left-field platoon with Jason Michaels as long as his arm isn't barking at him tomorrow morning.

That would mean Ben Francisco will begin the year at Buffalo and - no doubt - make his presence felt in the bigs later this summer.

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